Black Bass: Now that the spawn is over, most bass fishing patterns are to fish submerged roadbeds, pond dams and main lake points. Plastic worms and medium diving crank baits have both been good bait choices at this time of year. Dragging Carolina worm rigs is a great way to fish deeper off shore structures in water deeper than 10’ or so.
Crappie: Crappie action has been great this spring and should continue through the end of May. Most of these fish have retreated to deeper water in search of food source. Cover such as bridge pilings, submerged brush piles and trees are great places to dunk minnows or even jigs to get a bite.
Hybrid Striped Bass: This is a great time of year to troll small pet spoons behind deep diving crank baits to locate and catch these fish. They can be found around main lake humps and points in 12’ – 25’ depths. If they are along the bottom, I like to bounce slab spoons in that depth range.
Catfish: The first part of summer is great for catching good numbers of nice sized catfish. By baiting up areas you plan to fish will increase the action. Areas such as river and creek channels or under the 1097 Bridge are prime fishing areas in the early morning hours. Stink baits, chicken liver and shrimp are all good bait choices at this time of year.